All That's Unspoken (book review)
All That's Unspoken was written by Constance Phillips. It is the first book in the Sunnydale Days series. This pose was organized by N K Author Services. I was provided a copy in exchange for my honest book review. All opinions are my own.
About the book:
After eight years, Hailey is back in Caseville, Michigan. Just months after her mother’s death, her siblings want to put their father in a nursing home and rent out the family farm. If that wasn’t enough, the prospective tenant is Nate, the high school crush she left behind the day after they acted on their mutual attraction.
After high school, Nate Jenkins planned to leave small town behind, but life dealt him a different hand of cards. He’s now back in Caseville, raising his daughter and running his family’s diner. His daughter’s speech disorder has been improved by therapeutic horse riding and if he can lease the old Lambert farm, he can get her a horse of her own. The only thing standing in the way is Hailey, the same woman who left him eight years ago without even saying goodbye.
Can they get over all that’s unspoken between them?
When Hailey and Nate first hook up it's right after the end of senior year. It must have been a pretty magical first time... because they both can see it changing their lives. Only, Nate thinks of being flexible... he could go to college in NY with her, or she could go with him, or they'll have the summer romance of a lifetime and figure it all out (ahhh teenagers... life is all sunshine and roses, fearless, ready to conquer anything). Hailey also thinks her strong immediate feelings for Nate could change her plans... only she's dying to get out of small town Michigan... and runs to NY the morning after so she won't let her feelings hold her back (ahhhh teenagers... short sighted, unthinking, horrible communicators.). Hailey doesn't say a word to Nate... and she doesn't give him a chance to talk to her. Ties are cut. Life moves on. But, life leads Hailey back home. And home makes Hailey realize what she's missed. Who knew one real date and one night of sex in the back of a pick up could leave 8 years worth of memory and regret?
Seniors in high school have NO CLUE. Heck, seniors in college tend to have no clue. Do adults even have a clue 1/2 the time? This is really a story of figuring out what is important in life. It takes Hailey 8 years, her mother dying, her father's health declining, and job loss to finally realize life is short... and there are more important things than a high paying job in the city. Sometimes you have to give up to win. And then Nate. While Hailey, and then Lori's mother, left him broken... what a man he has become. All it took was Lori to make him realize what was important in life. Is anything hotter than a single father who is an amazing dad? His relationship with his daughter kind of turned me into a puddle.
I'm happy the next book in the series focuses on Nate's sister Anna... since I'm sure it means we'll get a little peek at what happens with Hailey and Nate.
About the author:
When not writing stories of finding and rediscovering love, Constance is counting down the days until her son and daughter-in-law make her a grandma and planning a cross-country motorcycle trip with her husband for the not-so-distant future…if they can find a sidecar big enough for the pups.